Voters in the Central African Republic went to the polls on Thursday for the second round of the country’s parliamentary election, a day after the new president was sworn in.
At his inauguration on Wednesday, President Faustin-Archange Touadera vowed to “preserve peace” after three years of turmoil and violence between Christians and Muslims that has killed thousands since 2013.
The United Nations on Thursday announced 108 new alleged victims of sexual abuse, the vast majority of them minors, by peacekeepers in Central African Republic, and it called “shocking to the core” the report that three girls said a French military commander forced them to have sex with a dog.
The revelations dramatically widened the scope of a sexual abuse scandal that has persisted for months. France’s U.N. ambassador, Francois Delattre, called the allegations “sickening and odious” and promised “exemplary disciplinary action” if they’re proven true.